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In one Children's House I have watched the following game
being carried on, with great and increasing interest and surprising
speed. The mistress places on the table round which some
children are seated as many grading groups as there are children
e.g., three. She makes every child notice the particular colour
which belongs to him and is to be chosen by him. Then she mixes all
the groups together on the table. Every child then selects from
the complicated heap all the shades of his own colour, makes a
pile of them and then proceeds to arrange the shades in a graduated
series which resembles a ribbon in which the shades fade away.

In another House I have seen the children take the whole box
of sixty-three colours, turn them out on the table, spend a long,
time mixing up the tablets, then re-form the groups and arrange
them in gradation, making up a kind of little mat, beautifully
coloured and shaded, spread out on the table.

The children quickly acquire a skill which astonishes us-
Children three years old succeed in putting all the shades ia
graduated order.

One can test the memory for colours by showing a child a
certain colour and inviting him to go to a distant table where all
the colours are laid out and choose the identical colour. Children
succeed in the exercise, making few mistakes. There are children
of five years of age who amuse themselves with this last exercise^
They are very fond of comparing two shades and making a decision
about their identity.



Material:—Flat insets of wood—history. In the school for
defectives I had provided insets of the same shapes as those used
by my illustrious predecessors, that is, I placed, one above the
other, two frames, the lower having a uniform surface, the upper
hollowed out into various shapes. To fit within the sockets